"What Child is This?" was written by William Chatterton Dix in 1865.

Later, three verses were taken from the original song and set to the tune of "Greensleeves". This is the carol we sing today.

What Child is This? - English Children's Songs - England - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Intro Image


Many thanks to Sara Stevens for sharing her recording of this song with us! You can visit Sara's site here and check out Sara's itunes account to purchase her music.


2nd MP3: Mark F. Smith and Laurie Anne Walden.


3rd MP3: Karen Savage.

Sheet Music

Sheet Music - What Child is This?

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Image: Madonna and Child, Andrea Mantegna, Italy, ca. 1470. Image was edited by Lisa.